PORT PHILLIP BAY


Great Crested Grebe 

Podiceps cristatus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Podicipediformes
Family:
Podicipedidae
Genus:
Podiceps
Species:
cristatus

General Description

Upper body dark-brown, underparts white, eyes red. Bill long and pointed. When breeding: crest or tuft of black feathers on top of head and red-brown feathers (ruff) around neck. Body up to 50 cm long.

Biology

Great Crested Grebes eat their feathers to aid in digestion. They dive underwater to catch fish.

Habitat

Deep freshwater ponds and open wetlands, also coastal saltwater areas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Western and eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Grebes

Max Size

50 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7950

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